Herring industry

The Herring Industry

RMA_F623A On boat with crans

  Herring fish lived in vast quantities in the waters around Scotland and was a relatively easy catch. It is known from 1550 that James V of Scotland encouraged fishermen from Fife to fish for herring around the Hebrides. These …Continue reading “The Herring Industry”

The quarter cran – a little bit of history

Fisheries quarter cran j pegg

Quarter crans were baskets used in weighing and carrying herring. Their size was regulated and standardized by government decree as a legal measure. From all points of view, it was very important that they were of a consistent size, or …Continue reading “The quarter cran – a little bit of history”

Quarter cran , a basket using willow and hazel

Quarter cran, Leith Customs House Collection, NMS

A quarter cran was used in the herring industry. Originally they were made in willow and hazel but later came to be made in rattan.